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Victoria Young

Professor and Chair of Art History
B.A., New York University
M.ArchH., Ph.D., University of Virginia
44 N. Cleveland Ave.
(651) 962-5855
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Professional Interests

Professor Young is currently researching the creation, design and construction of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans

Specialization: Modern American and European Architecture

Young’s research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture, with special interests in sacred space, contemporary museums and the work of Frank Gehry. Her recent book on Marcel Breuer's design of Saint John's Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota (1953-1961) explores modern religious space as does her recent article on the mid-century church in the 150th anniversary volume of Saint John's Abbey and University. Young's work in the past has focused on religious architecture; she wrote her Master's thesis on Mount Saint Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire, England, a monastic design by the nineteenth-century English architect, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. This project focused on the international aspects of Pugin's design, both architecturally and ideologically.

The gift of the Winton Guest House to the University of St. Thomas in 2007 led Young to analyze it and its place in the work fo the architect, Frank Gehry, through a permanent exhibit in the house that ran from October 2011-May 2015.

Her current research continues her interest in contemporary design, museums and memory in an exploration of Voorsanger Architectsdesign for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, a project begun in 2003, with completion expected in 2015.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space. University of Minnesota Press, October 2014.

“The House as Art.” Exhibit for the Winton Guest House museum on the Gainey campus of St. Thomas. Fall 2011.

“Frank Gehry: From Architect to Icon.” St. Thomas Magazine 27 no. 2 (Spring 2011) 

"The Design and Construction of Saint John's Abbey Church, 1953-1961" in Saint John's at 150: This Place called Collegeville (Liturgical Press and Saint John's University Press, 2006).

“Monasticism and Modernity: St. John's Abbey Church and Marcel Breuer." Casabella vol. 67 no. 715 (October 2003): 28-39.

"A. W. N. Pugin's Mount Saint Bernard Abbey: The International Character of England's Nineteenth-Century Monastic Revival" in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, February 2002 (

Recent and Forthcoming Presentations

"The National World War II Museum, New Orleans: An Architectural Interpretation of War," Memories: Commemoration, Re-enactment, Writings of War in the English-speaking World (18th-21st centuries), Paris, France, June 16, 2016.

"The National World War II Museum, New Orleans: Creating the Landscape of War," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 1-4, 2015.

"Shaping Catholic Liturgy in the Mid-Century Concrete Church," Society of Architectural Historians, Buffalo, NY, April 2013. 

"How does Monastic Architecture of the Mid-Twentieth Century Reflect Gender?" American Catholic Historical Association annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 5, 2012. 

"Frank Gehry's Domestic Building in New Orleans – Regional Starchitecture?" Louisiana Studies Conference, Natchitoches, LA, September 22, 2012. 

"Catholic Monastic Architecture and Gender: Marcel Breuer and the Benedictines of Saint John’s Abbey and Annunciation Priory." Modern Catholic Space conference, London, England, December 9-10, 2011.

"Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House: Design, Build, and Relocate," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting, St. Louis, MO, March 31-April 4, 2010.

"Creating Modern Liturgical Space: Breuer and the Benedictines at Saint John’s," Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, April 2007.


April  2016-2018: Second Vice President, Society of Architectural Historians

March 2014-present: Ex-officio member of the National Board of the Society of Architectural Historians, Chapters Liaison

March 2011-2014: Director, National Board of the Society of Architectural Historians

October 2006-March 2015: Member of the state of Minnesota's Historic Review Board for designation of National Register properties

July 2005-September 2015: Appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to a seat on the Governor's Residence Council. Former secretary of the Council and member of the Greening Initiative.

2003-2010: Director and former President, the Board of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ARHS 540 - 01 War Museums & Memorials M - - - - - - 1730 - 2030 OEC 414
CRN: 22428 Instructor: Victoria M. Young

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ARHS 594 - 01 Qualifying Paper &Presentation - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20791 Instructor: Victoria M. Young As a demonstration of the ability to formulate and carry out original and scholarly work in the discipline, all students are required to submit a qualifying paper during the last semester of study. The qualifying paper must also be presented at the annual graduate forum sponsored by the department. Prerequisite: ARHS 593

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ARTH 393 - I2 Individual Study - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23019 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Victoria M. Young

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ARTH 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22879 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Victoria M. Young These courses allow students to gain credit for certain non-classroom experiences. (These do not include studio art courses.) Normally open to junior and senior students. Permission of the department chair is required. Credit for experience is normally sought prior to its occurrence. Prerequisite: previous course or courses in art history

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ARTH 481 - D01 Senior Paper Presentation - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20471 Instructor: Victoria M. Young During the senior year, art history majors are expected to write a major research paper with an abstract and to describe the results of their research in an oral presentation to a departmental symposium to be held prior to graduation. The purpose of this paper and presentation is to allow the student to demonstrate competency in art historical methodology and to gain experience from presenting the results to a group of peers and faculty. The topic and instructor must be chosen in consultation with the department chair during the semester prior to writing the senior paper. Prerequisite: ARTH 110 (or 151 and 152 from previous catalog) and 211

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ARTH 485 - 02 War Museums & Memorials M - - - - - - 1730 - 2030 OEC 414
CRN: 22773 Instructor: Victoria M. Young

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Summer 2017 Courses

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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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ARTH 282 - L01 History of Amer Architecture M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 311
CRN: 42715 Instructor: Victoria M. Young A survey of high style and vernacular architecture in the United States from the Native Americans to the present day. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: identify the major themes and styles in American architecture; recognize major monuments and their designers; and understand how an American identity was projected in architecture. This includes understanding American architecture and its relationship to corresponding developments in art, landscape, and the urban fabric. Emphasis will be placed on structures in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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